- Seijuurou showing just why he's the captain of an elite swim team by setting a tournament record in his first swimming appearance.
- Haru and Rin's race at the tournament is pretty intense. Even if you think Rin's a huge asshat for his comments afterward, his win is impressive.
- Rei setting a personal best in his Butterfly heat despite his goggles slipping. He doesn't win, but the Determinator factor is great.
- THE ANIMATION.
- The Iwatobi team winning the relay at the tournament, despite only being told that Gou secretly signed them up the day right before and having very little time to prepare.
- Rei finally demanding to know what happened between Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rin in episode 10. And then going to call Rin out on the whole thing at the end of the episode. Episode 11 is going to be a crowning episode of awesome for Rei, it looks like.
- Episode 11 did turn out to be a Crowning Episode Of Awesome for Rei.
- Mixed with a Heartwarming Moment, Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa agree to Rei's demands, in the kindest way possible. Obviously, Rei did not intend any malice with his questioning, it's just that he didn't want to be "the outsider" anymore. This sincere show of trust is a testament of how the characters have evolved over the course of the season.
- The relay in Episode 12. Rei gives up his Butterfly spot so that Rin can swim with his old team again, and they are magnificent and triumphant. Naturally, they get disqualified for putting another school's swimmer on their team, but it's absolutely awesome.
Season 2 (Eternal Summer)
- Episode Two. Rei swims the butterfly leg in a relay against Rin. It's informal, but they all make very clear they're there to win. And Rei wins. Not only his performance against Rin itself is awesome, but it shows how serious he has begun to take swimming and the club. (The whole race, really)
- Episode 10, when during the relay Sousuke's injured shoulder seizes up and for a moment, it looks as though he's about to give up entirely. Then Rin calls his name, and Sousuke summons up enough strength to finish his lap.
- Mixed with Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: When Sousuke is about to take his lap, the rest of the Samezuka team starts to cheer, then stops in shock when they see his injured shoulder. They're silent for a moment and don't know what to do. Then Seijuurou comes up from behind them with this to say:
Seijuurou: What do you think you're doing?! What is it you guys need to be doing right now?! You need to cheer on your teammates as loudly as possible!
- And they do.
- One of the Iwatobi teachers mentions that the swim club is the first Iwatobi team to make it to nationals in twelve years. That's fairly impressive.